Dr David Gibbons

Head of RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, Conservation Science

Background

As Head of the RSPB's Centre for Conservation Science, I lead the RSPB's science programme in the UK and overseas.

My overall role is to set the strategic direction for the RSPB's science, making it relevant to the society's needs thus ensuring its conservation policies and practices are underpinned by scientific evidence. My job is to provide a clear strategic steer, while at the same time creating the environment necessary to allow individual staff and teams to flourish in order to implement high quality, applied conservation science.

I undertook my PhD in the Zoology Department of Cambridge University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in the Camargue, whilst also an academic visitor to the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford. I subsequently worked for the British Trust for Ornithology for seven years before joining the RSPB in 1994.

I spend only a small amount of time on personal science. In recent years, this has included: the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on wildlife, the impacts of GM crops on birds, the global spread of H5N1 avian influenza, annual horizon scans of global conservation issues, the impacts of volcanic activity on the globally threatened Montserrat oriole and case studies of the recovery of farmland wildlife.

External Activities

  • 2016 to present: Chair of Council of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)
  • 2015 to present: Chair of Bat Conservation Trust
  • 2011 to present: Member of IUCN taskforce on systemic pesticides
  • 1998-2004: Chair of the European Birds Census Council

Partners and Collaboration

  • Prof William Sutherland, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Jules Pretty, University of Essex
  • Prof Dave Goulson, University of Sussex
  • Dr Jeroen Van der Sluijs, Utrecht University

Contact

David Gibbons

Dr David Gibbons

Head of RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, Conservation Science

RSPB Centre of Conservation Science, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3QZ

david.gibbons@rspb.org.uk

@David_W_Gibbons

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Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems International species UK species

Selected Publications

A review of the direct and indirect effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on vertebrate wildlife

Concerns over the role of pesticides affecting vertebrate wildlife populations have recently focussed on systemic products which exert broad-spectrum toxicity. Given that the neonicotinoids have become the fastest-growing class of ...

Date
01 January 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons
Authors
Gibbons, D., Morrissey, C. & Mineau, P.
Published in
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
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Agriculture Identifying problems

A Horizon Scan of Global Conservation Issues for 2016

This paper presents the results of our seventh annual horizon scan, in which we aimed to identify issues that could have substantial effects on global biological diversity in the future, but are not currently widely well known or understood...

Date
02 January 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons
Authors
Sutherland, W., Broad, S., Caine, J., Clout, M., Dicks, L.V., Doran, H., Entwistle, A.C., Fleishman, E., Gibbons, D., Keim, B., LeAnstey, B., Lickorish, F.A., Markillie, P., Monk, K.A., Mortimer, D., Ockendon, N., Pearce-Higgins, J., Peck, L.S., Pretty, J., Rockstrom, J., Spalding, M.D., Tonneijck, F.H., Wintle, B.C. & Wright, K.E.
Published in
Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31, 44-53.
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Identifying problems

Twenty years of local farmland bird conservation: the effects of management on avian abundance at two UK demonstration sites

Capsule: At two demonstration farms, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Loddington Farm in Leicestershire and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds's Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire, targeted management led to much faster increases in avian abundance than in the surrounding regions...

Date
13 October 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons, Dr Tony Morris, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Aebischer, N.J., Bailey, C.M., Gibbons, D., Morris, A.J., Peach, W.J. & Stoate, C.
Published in
Bird Study
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UK Agriculture

Assessing population viability while accounting for demographic and environmental uncertainty

Predicting the future trend and viability of populations is an essential task in ecology. Because many populations respond to changing environments, uncertainty surrounding environmental responses must ...

Date
24 July 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel, Dr David Gibbons, Dr Juliet Vickery
Authors
Oppel, S., Hilton, G. M., Ratcliffe, N., Fenton, C., Daley, J., Gray, G., Vickery, J.A. & Gibbons, D.
Published in
Ecology
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International Montserrat oriole

Predicting the global spread of H5N1 avian influenza

The spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza into Asia, Europe, and Africa has resulted in enormous impacts on the poultry industry and presents an important threat to human health. The pathways...

Date
19 December 2006
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons
Authors
Kilpatrick, A.M., Chmura, A.A., Gibbons, D.W., Fleischer, R.C., Marra, P.P. & Daszak, P.
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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International Identifying problems